What does the (E) in ISO 10555-1:2014(E) stand for?
February 28, 2014 10:46 AM   Subscribe

Is (E) the version designation? The title page shows: Second edition 2013-06-15 Corrected version 2014-01-15 A related question: How should I have Googled for this?
posted by Bruce H. to Technology (6 answers total)
I assume (E) means English.
posted by kindall at 10:57 AM on February 28, 2014

How I looked: Given the guess that 'E' probably meant English but might also mean something like 'electronic' for the PDF copy, I found a PDF preview of the one you're looking at, I presume, but I couldn't find a similar PDF preview of another language's edition. So I went and looked for ISO 9001. I found it in English--yup, there's the E. And then in French, and there's the F. So, English.
posted by Sequence at 11:05 AM on February 28, 2014

Why wouldn't they use their own standard - "en" for English - if it were a language code?
posted by ubiquity at 11:08 AM on February 28, 2014

ISO's web site has ISO 10555-1:2013(en)
posted by 1970s Antihero at 11:25 AM on February 28, 2014

Why wouldn't they use their own standard - "en" for English - if it were a language code?

There's only three official languages of ISO so maybe they found it unnecessary?

The ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1 Consolidated ISO Supplement says:
The language of working documents may be indicated by adding the letter E, F or R, for English, French or Russian respectively.
Please note that an international standard is not a working document. I could not find any rules for the addition of language to an international standard reference number that permitted inclusion of language with a one-letter code. But it seems sensible that people familiar with this rule would apply it elsewhere.

Search strategy: I noticed that a version of this document referred to the number as a "reference number." And I knew the three languages of ISO are English, French, and Russian. So I Googled for [iso "reference number" language e english f french r russian]
posted by grouse at 12:01 PM on February 28, 2014

Thanks to all.

I was looking at a PDF, so, like Sequence said, I wondered if the (E) might mean Electronic. Now (E) for English seems more likely, with a little (en) for English thrown in for extra confusion. :)
posted by Bruce H. at 3:53 PM on February 28, 2014

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